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FKNK proposes return of turtle dove spring hunting in new report

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FKNK proposes return of turtle dove spring hunting in new reportA report in support of lifting the moratorium on turtle dove hunting in spring, has been submitted to the Government and to the Nationalist Party by the Federation for Hunting & Conservation – Malta (FKNK).

The FKNK in a statement, said that the report is based on “research and studies that the FKNK have undertaken since the introduction of the moratorium in 2016 which has prevented the application of derogation to permit the hunting of the turtle dove in spring in 2017 and 2018.”

The FKNK said that on the “basis of the findings, results, discussions and validation analysis in the report,” it believes that the Government “can immediately lift the Moratorium in force at present.”

It argued that, since the report “thoroughly demonstrates that Malta’s turtle dove spring harvest has a nil effect on the breeding populations in Europe’s reference population countries, the Government can apply derogation to permit turtle doves hunting already in the spring of 2019.”

The FKNK also noted that the report has been carried out “without prejudice to the hunting of the quail in spring.”

It concluded by urging the Government to “show its political will and immediately open discussions with the European Commission for a long term solution to be reached on the matter.”

Photograph: FKNK

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